Most dental fillings are used to replace and restore teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay. A crack in your tooth is another reason for a filling. Symptoms of a cracked tooth can include sharp pain when you bite down. Pain may come and go quickly when you bite down because you’re expanding the crack with the combined pressure of your teeth. Another sign is a constant feeling that something is stuck in your tooth.
Over time a filling may have to be replaced after normal wear and tear has occurred. The seal between the tooth and the filling may break, after which bacteria can build up underneath the filling and cause decay.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Lakeshore Dental. Remember, you may not be able to see a crack or worn filling. A dental exam and x-ray can determine the cause and if caught early can prevent an infection or the need for a crown.